The New Books of Fall 2013 Preview: A Return of Giants

Beach reading tends to be a bit more relaxed in the summer months, but fall is when the year’s best novels hit the shelves. September, October and November have some terrific authors set to release their latest works, in both fiction and nonfiction, and we highlighted this year’s biggest names and titles to help you plan accordingly. The links below will take you to the titles official description page on Amazon so you can check out the book in further detail, the links open-up a new window so you won’t have to jump back and forth. (an * indicates that the book is currently on promotion when the article was written)
The Valley of Amazement (Amy Tan on November 5)*
Fans of Amy Tan have been waiting eight years for her follow-up novel. Her new book focuses on the lives of two women, both connected during a time of self discovery in far-east Asia. Set against China’s amazing, and often times life-changing evolution over the past forty years, the novel is a return to Tan’s famous writing style that won over readers with ‘The Joy Luck Club’.
Bridget-Jones-Mad-About-CoverBridget Jones: Mad for the Boy  (Helen Fielding on October 15)*

Even if you missed Helen Fielding’s earlier novels, odds are you well accustomed to the series thanks to the films starring Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Readers loved the inside perspective that Bridget Jones offered, and the new book promises to be a bit more modern. The world has changed quite significantly since we last left Ms. Jones all those years ago.  It’s a new era with new problems, including social-media and the new challenges that come with a constantly connected world, and all of those issues are sure to bring new embarrassing moments for our favorite lady.
The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt on October 22)*

Donna Tartt is another author that has kept fans waiting, it’s been 10 years since we read the popular books ‘The Secret History’ and ‘The Little Friend’ and the new book is just a few weeks away. Set in New York, this is a harrowing journey of loss, love and ingenuity. The book is also a mammoth of an installment, upwards of almost 800 pages that are set to launch in early fall.
Doctor Sleep: A Novel (Stephen King on September 24)*

This installment to the King franchise has fans excited for many reasons other than just being a new novel to get lost in. This book in particular will have readers returning to one of the most infamous storylines of all time, the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. In the book readers will meet a middle-aged Dan Torrance, partnered with a twelve-year-old girl that he is trying to save from a murderous tribe that wonders America’s highways.
Sycamore Row (John Grisham on October 22)*

John Grisham fans don’t need to be told that they should read the next Grisham novel, but this one is particularly interesting for those that may be new to the author. The book involves Grisham’s ‘A Time to Kill,’ considered by many to be one of his best novels. This book returns to that novel, taking place once again in Clanton as Jake Brigance battles the racial history that the town wishes so desperately to forget. Pairing it with Grisham’s other novel is a great entry point to the Grisham franchise, and it sits as a possible leader in October’s releases.
David and Goliath (Malcolm Gladwell October 1)*

Few nonfiction writers have created their own specific genre of books, but fans of Gladwell know that he is the literary mastermind behind the installments ‘The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference’ and his other bestseller ‘Blink’ (not to mention a few other important works). If you are new to Gladwell’s work, he is more commonly known as a staff writer at The New Yorker, a post that he has claimed since 1996.
Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy  (Nora Roberts on October 29)*

Our preview wouldn’t be complete without a terrific Romance novel for those dark nights in winter. Roberts is a New York Times bestselling author that has claimed her throne within the Romance genre. Her new novel is the first of a trilogy, the story centers around home, family and love.
Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel (Lee Child on September 3)*
Finally a book that you can pick up in just days, instead of weeks, and it’s a new Jack Reacher installment to boot.  Lee Child’s best selling series features one of the best thriller characters on the market, Jack Reacher, and fans should be very excited to get back into the action in early September.
Lowland-Cover-InsertThe Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri on September 24)*

When a Pulitzer Prize-winning author like Jhumpa Lahiri is about to release a new book, you can bet that it will appear on a few preview articles across the internet. Author of  ‘The Namesake,’  Lahiri’s new novel is a story of two brothers. These brothers are close in age (only 15 months apart) and survivors of a horrific tragedy. The story focuses on the human spirit, love and overcoming your past, and set against a country’s revolution.
Double Down: Game Change 2012 (Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on November 5)*
This book’s release date is just a tad farther away than some of the other’s in the preview, but if the new book is anything like the authors’ previous work ‘Game Change,’ it will be worth the wait. The book covers the  2012 election, the authors’ have incredible insight to both campaigns, and parlay that information into oftentimes humorous, yet eye-opening, accounts of our political process.
Song of Spider-Man (Glen Berger on November 5)*

Almost everyone in America has at one point heard a story, read a headline, or caught a newsclip of the troubling production that still plagues the Broadway Musical ‘Spider-Man: After Dark’. So what caused the production to suffer the endless delays, the injuries and all of the bad-press? That’s what author Glen Berger wants to reveal to you. Berger is the show’s co-writer, and it promises to be book filled with all of the backstage antics that went on before the show hit theaters here in New York.
The Most of Nora Ephron (Nora Ephron on October 29)*
She was filmmaker, a director and producer, a screenwriter, novelist, playwright and journalist, she was Nora Ephron. This book is a collection of her works and will hit shelves in late October.  This also includes her very popular novel Heartburn and is a wonderful tribute to her amazing life. The collection is also a terrific way to learn more about such an amazingly talented woman, that seemed to have unlimited potential and talents.
The Signature of All Things (Elizabeth Gilbert on October 22)*
Gilbert is best known for ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ though before the 2007 explosion of that novel, she was known for her amazing fiction. This will be Gilbert’s first novel since she wrote ‘Stern Men’ almost 13 years ago. Now with an even larger fanbase, and a lot of pressure, fans expect Gilbert’s new novel to be nothing short of inspiring.
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